CC Outtakes: 1975 Datsun 710 Wagon – Oregon Visitor?

Long-time readers of this site know that old 710 Datsun wagons are a CC thing. If one shows up, it must appear on our pages. It’s a tradition of sorts.

This one took me a bit by surprise. Not for being an old Datsun; those are a dime a dozen in Central America. Rather because it’s the US-spec model, not the 140-160J version sold here back in the day.

I had to double-check with Paul on this one. After all, old 710 wagons were kind of a thing in Eugene some time ago, and he confirmed my US-spec suspicions. Regrettably, the latest word is none of those old 710s seem to be around anymore. But what about mine? Could this taxi-yellow one be an ex-Oregon resident?

Considering the number of old Datsuns in San Salvador, I’ve no idea who would bother to import a US one. Then again, the burgeoning gray-import market is aimed to bring models that locals rush to purchase. Old Datsuns meet that description fittingly, and this one is certainly getting some use on our streets.

The 710 is, of course, the sorry kind-of replacement for the late and lamented 510; with fuzzy detailing that’s so-’70s Nissan. Depending on your location in the world, the 710 was a decent daily hauler; or a penance ride during the crisis-ridden ’70s. In either case, the model is one more bemusing chapter in Nissan’s bewildering corporate history.

In the end, I’ve no idea where exactly this 710 came from; could be Oregon or California. It doesn’t really matter in the end, visitors in San Salvador are welcome from wherever they may come.


Further reading:

Curbside Classic: 1974 Datsun 710 Wagon – Third Time’s The Charm; Or Not

Curbside Classic: 1975 Datsun 160J SSS (710/Violet) – Peak Fuji-lage.